o People can be agitated, temperamental, sentimental and emotional and a lot of this can be due to lack of relaxation; people with great responsibilities and ambitions lead an even more active life which limits opportunities for relaxation.
o Focused Relaxation can help slow your heart rate down, slow down breathing, blood pressure normalizing, consume less oxygen, allow adrenal glands to produce less adrenaline and cortisone, make more DHEA, and allow pituitary glands to release more growth hormones. Click here to try to the Focused Relaxation Technique
o Regular practice of Focused relaxation develops less hypertension, heart disease, anxiety and depression; can also eliminate life damaging habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol and drug use.
o According to the Yoga Sutra, one can improve your immune function and reduced susceptibility to infects by practicing Focused Relaxation regularly.
o Studies have also shown that practicing Focused Relaxation daily demonstrated a reversal of aging; Dr. Deepak Chopra has identified that the hormone DHEA levels are higher in people who practice Focused Relaxation § DHEA hormone that drops as aging occurs.
o “Restful sleep” of 6-8 hours is also necessary for Right Relaxation. Efficient levels of the body and the mind is maintained during sleep, particularly when compensating for the daily wear & tear on the body.
o According to the Ayurveda, sleeping time is the repair time for our immune cells; regularly sleeping will help your immune system regenerate faster and enhance disease-fighting abilities.
o One must prepare for sleep like one might prepare for a meeting; Planning to sleep should be started by early evening every day.
o Hours of sleep before midnight are generally more beneficial and rejuvenating. Eat a lighter meal than lunch at dinner time; one must eat at least 2 hours before going to sleep to enjoy “restful sleep”
o If you do not give your body 2 hours to digest before sleep, two negative things will happen:
o food will travel up the esophagus together with digestive fluids, which are acidic, and can burnt the esophagus, leading to heartburn and gastritis in the long run.
o Akin to leaving a car’s engine on inside a garage, when one sleeps right after eating, the digestive organs continue to work while you sleep, which will lead to restless sleep.
o According to the Ayurveda, one should avoid protein-rich dinners; protein helps build muscle fibers and this could occur while you sleep and lead to restless sleep.
o Exciting, aggravating or mentally intensive activities should be avoided an hour before sleep so your body will not be in an “excited” mode with adrenaline kicking at a high level before sleep.